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February 20th, 2018

Welcome to The Paw Print! Here is what’s happening at Edgar Road:

Read Across America Week
Next week all classrooms will engage in a variety of activities for Read Across America week! In conjunction with our Read Across America Celebration, Edgar Road will be having a book swap on Thursday, February 28th. Send your donated books to school and we will add it to our collection and then students will be able to choose a different book from the collection to take home. If you have any books that you simply would like to donate, you may send those books to school as well.

Black History Celebration
Our Black History Celebration, which is another Read Across America Week event, will include fantastic presentations on prominent black members of our community. Between 1:00-2:00 PM, we will have guest speakers that will read Patricia McKissack books to all grade levels and share some information about her impact.

At 2:00 PM, there will be a performance including students reading poetry, Hixson middle school step team, and we will have a STL Jazz pianist, Phillip Grave, who will come and talk about African American music, jazz music, and play for the kids! He is a Webster U grad and grammy nominated!! Check him out!

From The Secretary
Summer Exploration Experience K-5
The Summer Exploration Experience is WGSD’s all new summer program offered tuition free to all district students who will be entering first through sixth grade during the 2018-19 school year.

Students will enjoy 25 days of hands-on/project based learning.
Students will have a voice in the direction of their learning.
Children will drive their own personalized final project, reflecting on their interest in a topic.
The program will be taught by certified staff who are trained in project based learning.
Dates: Thursday, May 30, through Wednesday, July 3rd
Time: 8:30 – 11:30 each day
Location: Avery School

Registration applications due March 14 (due to staffing, no late registrations will be accepted). Return applications to Tom Havrilka or Mahasin Bias.
The link to the site is: This can also be found on the district’s website under “Need To Know” using the “Parents” button.
For more information contact Tom Havrilka:

Spring Picture Day is Wednesday, March 6th
Please see the handout in backpack mail for more information.

From the Counselor
February 20, 2019
This week, third and fourth graders are finishing up our unit on Bullying. Third graders are continuing to talk and discuss the difference between joking around that is Fun and joking around that is Hurtful. We have discussed how we should stay away from joking about topics such as how a person looks or dresses, as well as personal things about others, such as religion. When we joke around in a fun way, that doesn’t make someone feel like a joke, everyone can have fun and enjoy their time together.

Fourth graders are learning the differences between four different types of bullying that occurs: cyber, emotional, verbal and physical. Ask them to tell you what each of them means!

For the next two weeks, Second grade students will discuss the idea of “Trouble Talk”. This means not spreading gossip or rumors and being really careful about what we say about others.

It’s hard to believe, but counseling lessons with Mrs. Luesse will finish the last week of March, due to MAP testing season starting soon after. Presenters from NCADA will be visiting every grade level for four weeks to help supplement and reinforce our counseling lesson topics. They will start with 3rd grade, starting next week. Kindergarten, First, Second, Fourth and Fifth grades, will have their NCADA lessons in April. More on those topics to come!

Sara Luesse

PTO Update
ERS Trivia Night
TRIVIA NIGHT IS ONLY 10 DAYS AWAY! Please support our school by getting a table and joining this fun event! REGISTRATION FORM IS ATTACHED! Remember, you can sign up as an individual on bidapl as well and we can match you up with other parents in your child's grade! This is a huge way the PTO is able to help the school each year. Funds this year from Trivia Night will go toward the safety and technology needs of ERS! Thank you for your support! We cannot make this a successful event without YOU! Please sign up today!!

Family Reading Night
Family Reading Night is tomorrow, February 21 from 5:45 to 7:30pm. Please join the ERS Equity Parents Group for a night of reading, STEM, and community building! This year's STEM focused event will include reading and STEM activities for all ages (from babies to great-grandparents!) and the featured speaker will be Christopher R. Miller, aeronautical engineer at Boeing. Mr. Miller is a fellow WGSD parent and children's book author, in addition to being a rocket scientist. Dinner will be provided! All students and families are invited to participate. Just show up, no advanced registration is required. We look forward to seeing you there!

Trivia Registration Form

A Note from the ER Music Room
2nd and 3rd graders will be presenting their music program at Edgar Road on March 13th! A performance for the school will be held at 2pm and evening performances will be as follows: 2nd grade at 6pm and 3rd grade at 7pm.

A Note from WINGS and Project Plus
The WINGS and Project Plus students from Mrs. Pott’s class studied the Global Goals for Sustainable Development created by the United Nations. The Goals want to help make the world a better place. Some of the goals include Life on Land, Life Below Water, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Climate Action, No Poverty, Health and Wellbeing, and more. We want to support the World Wildlife Fund because 84% of the funds raised goes towards their program, and because of their mission which is “to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.” Their mission helps with many of the Global Goals that were important to us, particularly ones related to the environment. You can help us support the World Wildlife Fund by participating in our Spirit Week, February 25-March 1. Each day there will be something that you can wear or bring in for $1 a day. That money will go towards the World Wildlife Fund. On Monday, we will have hat day. Tuesday is bring a stuffed animal day. Wednesday is Wacky Wednesday. Thursday is Jersey/sports day. Friday is pajama day. If you would like to donate additional money, you can donate on our WWF donation page.

What’s Happening In Our Café?
Get ready for that pop quiz!
Sweet Potatoes are a great brain food to help boost focus and memory.

District News
Superintendent, Webster Groves School District
Dr. Simpson will discuss and answer questions about efforts
to improve racial equity across the school district.
Come join in the conversation!

The Webster Equity Bridge will also present
our proposed mission and vision. Your input is needed!

TUESDAY, MARCH 5 • 7-8:30 PM
Edgar Road Elementary School Library
Childcare provided for children older than two.

WGSD Elementary Night
The annual WGSD Elementary night at our boys basketball games vs. Ritenour High School has been rescheduled for Friday, February 22nd at 7:00. We will allow all WGSD elementary students (K-6) and staff free admission to the games that night. We will also have attendance prize drawings and a halftime contest during the varsity game.

WGSD Wellness Committee
The WGSD Wellness Committee is hosting the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on the evening of February 26th from 7:00 to 8:15 at Hixson Middle School Auditorium. They will be presenting to our parents/community a presentation entitled Ending the Silence. Attached is a flyer with more information.
Mardi Gras @ Cyrano’s
Mardi Gras @ Cyrano's is a fabulous night to come together as a community to show support of the Webster Groves School District Foundation. Enjoy an evening of delicious food, great music and your fellow Webster Groves community members! Money raised from the event funds grants to teachers to provide innovative and dynamic learning opportunities throughout the Webster Groves School District.

The night will feature music from the WGSD Jazz Band, New Orleans inspired Hors D'Oeuvres by Chef Mike Johnson of Sugar Fire, and 2 drink tickets.
Ticket price for the event is $50 per person or $60 per person at the door. Register for tickets at

Webster Equity Flyer
NAMI Presentation Flyer
Camp Flyer Incentive
Shine Time Camp

Upcoming Events
Black History Month Celebration - Wednesday, February 27th
ERS Trivia Night - Saturday, March 2nd
Mardi Gras @ Cyrano’s - Sunday, March 3rd
Spring Picture Day - Wednesday, March 6th
PTO Meeting - Thursday, March 7th

Did you know WGSD has an app?? You can even personalize the app by identifying a school(s) and that the calendar, food, etc. will all be from our school. You can also sync the calendar to your calendar. It’s a great app! Here’s the video to show you what it offers:
Staying Connected
Use any or all of the following links to see all of the amazing things at Edgar Road!
Twitter: @WuchDr
Facebook: Edgar Road Elementary
PTO Website:
PTO Facebook:

Parents – Please note that we update our social media photos and announcements regularly. Please check out what we’ve posted.
Trivia Registration Form 2019.pdf
NAMI presentation flyer 2.19.pdf
Camp Flyer Incentive March 2019.pdf
ShineTimeCamp (1).pdf